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Bologna: B&B Accogliente Bologna

Via Nazario Sauro, 26 **NOTE NEW LOCATION**, Phone: 051.23.7498

Reviewed by: Raphael from PA, review #1865

When: March 2007

Roberto and Maria provide wonderful family-like comfortable accommadations! This was my best stay in Italy! **NOTE**The B&B has moved to Budrio, 20km from Bologna**

Roberto and Maria with fresh Ricotta Gnocchi, photo by Raphael

Out of my 9 trips to Italy, my stay at B&B Accogliente Bologna was the best I’ve ever had. Roberto and Maria are wonderful hosts. The food was amazing, both that prepared for us for breakfast and the wonderful fun cooking classes. And, the tour of the parmiggiano cheese and balsalmic vinegar makers that Roberto arranged for me was wonderful.

The B&B is in the couple’s second floor apartment, near the city center of Bologna. It’s also within manageable walking distance to the train station. The location for Bologna activities and further day trips is wonderful.

There are two bedrooms, one with 2 beds and a single room with a double bed. These two bedrooms share a bathroom. I was at first concerned about the sharing of the bathroom, but during our stay there was only one other single guest for two nights, and this was not at all an issue. The apartment is modern, nicely arranged and tastefully decorated. There is a patio onto the courtyard of the building, and both bedrooms have doors that lead out to this patio.

You can wash clothes at the cost of €1 per load, which is then air-dried on the patio. Each room has a TV, as well. The apartment is very quiet, which allows for a good night’s rest and even sleeping in! I believe that the charge for the single room was 70 euros a night, and for the double maybe 90 euros a night.

This was my first stay in a B&B in Italy. I was hesitant initially, but this developed into one of my best trips ever. Roberto and Maria were extremely helpful with hints on activities and restaurants. They were very kind and patient with explaining directions and activities. I really felt as though they went out of their way to assure a good stay for me. They are wonderful hosts and kind people. Maria speaks a fair amount of English, but it helps if the guests speak some Italian for more in depth conversations. Roberto has limited English, too. This was my best experience at practicing my Italian skills!

Breakfast was a wonderful experience every day! I was there for 6 mornings, and they are happy to have breakfast for you at your choosing. Maria makes everything from scratch, even her own yogurt! These were the best, most substantial breakfasts that I have had in Europe. Choices included home made bread or buns, home made jellies and jams, warm cheese sandwiches, and sometimes priscioutto di Modena. Maria’s home made cakes included wondeful marscapone cream fruit tarts and a lemon cake.

I took 3 cooking classes with Maria. Unlike other cooking tours that I investigated, I very much liked this arrangement because I could choose my own dates of arrival and departure. I could choose how many days of cooking classes that I wanted to take. And, the classes started around 3pm, so I had the morning and early afternoon for touring and sampling Bologna’s other culinary delights and wonderful restaurants. Maria was very patient, and answered all questions. I consider myself an above average home cook and mainly Italian cooking, but she introduced many new concepts and techniques to me. Just a few of the dishes that we prepared included completely hand made fresh tagliatelli, ricotta gnocchi, Bolognese ragu sauce, and stuffed baby zucchini.

We then sat down for enjoyable dinners after our cooking class, and savored the fruits of our labor. For an independent traveler like me, this was a perfect arrangement, allowing me total freedom to schedule the classes (ahead of the trip of course) and still leave myself enough free time to take day trips or simply explore all the wonderful things Bologna has to offer.

Roberto was able to arrange to take me on a tour of a Parmiggiano Reggiano farm and also a Balsalmic Vinegar maker. This tour cost several hundred euros, but it was well worth it for me. Roberto rented an Alfa Romeo, and drove me and an English speaking tour guide to a Parmiggiano farm, where we were given a tour of the cheese making process, and the beautifully aromatic aging room. My nose was only further tantalized by entering the room where 500 open barrels of balsalmic vinegar were gently, slowly, and quietly maturing. We stopped at a wonderful country trattoria where every course, including desert, included balsalmic vinegar.

Overall, this was one of my very best trips to Italy. I was so pleasantly surprised with the whole experience, with the wonderful culinary lessons and delights, and with everything that Bologna offers. I highly recommend staying with Roberto and Maria. And, I think that Bologna was a wonderful pearl that I found in Italy.

Reviewed by: Keren from Israel, review #1708

When: October 2006

Excellent B&B in Bologna

I stayed 1 week in this B&B. The room was very nice and accommodating, quiet, a lovely place to return to after a long day of sightseeing in this truly gorgeous city. Room and shared bathroom were immaculate.

Breakfast is wonderful: it changes each day to include Maria's very tasty pastries and homemade yoghurt, toast, eggs, ham, fresh fruit (also beautiful fruit salads).

Maria and Roberto are great hosts, always kind and hospitable. Location is very convenient to all major sights.

This is where I will choose to stay the next time I visit Bologna.

Reviewed by: Harriet from Canada, review #519

When: March 2004

Homey B&B and cooking class all in one! For the incredible price of 30 euros, we learned to make gnocchi, Bolognese sauce and tiramisu in Maria's kitchen!

Accogliente B & B is in a charming apartment centrally located in downtown Bologna, within easy walking distance of the main piazza. The owners are super friendly and the rooms open onto a patio.

But the best part is that Maria offers cooking classes for only 30 euros. She'll teach you to make any pasta you want. You can check her website for a list of suggestions. I learned how to make potato gnocchi and ricotta gnocchi. I also made a special request and she taught me how to make her delicious tiramisu! Then we got to eat. Roberto served several different wines with the meal. I loved it! 5 stars

Rates: Three of us shared a room for 120 euros a night.

Reviewed by: gedlin from PA, review #489

When: February 2003

A comfortable and hospitable B&B a short walk from the main piazza.

Maria and Roberto have a beautifully restored apartment in a palazzo in the heart of Bologna -- near historical sites, shopping, and good restaurants. There are 2 guest rooms on a hall apart from the main living quarters; one is large enough for a family, the other is fine for a couple. The bathroom is shared between the 2 rooms. The place is immaculate.

Maria cooks bountiful delicious breakfasts every morning, accompanied by bread, jams, and cakes made by herself and Roberto's mother. She and Roberto are warm and friendly but not intrusive, and happy to render all kinds of assistance. I stayed a week, and encountered people from England, Milan, and elsewhere.

My Italian teacher in Bologna found the place for me and arranged the rates. Around €65 for a single person in February, as I recall.

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